10 Ways to Get Your Staff to Hate You
I’ve been in the workforce a long time – 35-plus years. And during that time I’ve encountered my share of bosses who have had their own unique styles of managing.In this post I’ll look at how to earn the disrespect of your staff (and in a future post on how to earn their respect).
Of course there are other ways, so I’m inviting your contributions. Let’s see what we can collectively generate !
So here we go…
How to Get Your Staff to Disrespect (or even hate) You:
#10 – You’re the boss, and make sure that everyone knows it. Shared leadership is for sissies. Keep that ego well oiled
#9 – Speak to your staff through email; God forbid, don’t talk to them in person. What the heck is “Management by Walking Around?”
#8 – Keep your staff in the dark – keep ‘em guessing since it strengthens your hold on information and power
#7 – Don’t trust your staff’s judgement; you make all the decisions. After all, you’re the boss!
#6 – Constantly change your mind, leaving your staff confused as to what are the priorities
#5 – Have no sense of humor, especially not being able to poke fun at yourself
#4 – Laugh at others misfortunes or mistakes. Losers!
#3 – Micromanage your staff to death; double check everything they do, including rewriting their work reports, etc.
#2 – Assign tasks to staff that you would never consider doing yourself. If it involves, for example, having to deal with a known cranky customer or supplier, better have one of your subordinates do it.
#1 – Don’t stand behind your staff, even when they make a mistake; cover your own ass. Hey, people are expendable. What counts is your career advancement.
Okay, let’s have it folks. What have I missed in my top ten?
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